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The Handbook of Children, Media and Development

ISBN: 978-1-4051-4417-9
640 pages
July 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Handbook of Children, Media and Development brings together an interdisciplinary group of experts in the fields of developmental psychology, developmental science, communication, and medicine to provide an authoritative, comprehensive look at the empirical research on media and media policies within the field.

  • 25 newly-commissioned essays bring new research to the forefront, especially on digital media, developmental research, and public policy debates
  • Includes helpful introductions to each section, a theoretical overview of the field, and a final chapter that offers a vision of future research
  • Contributors include key, international authorities in the field
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Contents.

Preface- Aletha C. Huston .

Part 1: Historical, Conceptual and Financial Underpinnings (Pg. 1).

Chapter 1. Media and Children's Development- Sandra Calvert & Barbara Wilson.

(Pg. 3).

Chapter 2. Historical and Recurring Concerns about Children's Use of the Mass Media.

- Ellen Wartella & Michael Robb (Pg. 11).

Chapter 3. Business Models for Children's Media- Alice Cahn, Terry Kalagian & Catherine Lyon (Pg. 45).

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Part 2: Media Access and Differential Use Patterns (Pg. 81).

Chapter 4. Media Use Across Childhood: Access, Time, and Content -
Ronda Scantlin (Pg. 83).

Chapter 5. Children, Race, Ethnicity, and Media- Bradley Greenberg & Dana Mastro.

(Pg. 121).

Chapter 6. Gender, Media Use, and Effects- Stacey Hust & Jane Brown (Pg. 161).

Chapter 7. Media and the Family -
Alison Alexander (Pg. 201).

Part 3: Cognitive Effects of Media: How & What Children Learn (Pg. 237).

Chapter 8. Attention and Learning from Media during Infancy and Early Childhood- Rachel Barr (Pg. 239).

Chapter 9. Media Symbol Systems & Cognitive Processes- Kaveri Subramanyam & Patricia Greenfield (Pg. 279).

Chapter 10. Learning from Educational Media- Heather Kirkorian & Daniel Anderson (Pg. 319).

Chapter 11. News, Reality Shows, and Children's Fears: Examining Content Patterns, Theories, and Negative Effects- Stacy Smith, Emily J. Moyer-Guse & Katherine Pieper (Pg. 361).

Part 4: Social Effects of Media (Pg. 395).

Chapter 12. Media Violence and Aggression in Youth -
Barbara Wilson (Pg. 397).

Chapter 13. Prosocial Effects of Media Exposure- Louise Mares, Edward Palmer & Tia Sullivan (Pg. 449).

Chapter 14. Make-Believe Play, Imagination, and Creativity: Links to Children's Media Exposure- Dorothy Singer & Jerome Singer (Pg. 485).

Chapter 15. Parasocial and Online Social Relationships -
Cynthia Hoffner (Pg. 519).

Chapter 16. Fear Responses to Media Entertainment- Patti Valkenburg & Moniek Buijzen (Pg. 565).

Part 5: Health Effects of Media (Pg. 597).

Chapter 17. Media Use and Childhood Obesity- Elizabeth Vandewater & Hope Cummings (Pg. 599).

Chapter 18. Media, Body Image, and Eating Disorders- Kristen Harrison & Veronica Hefner (Pg. 645).

Chapter 19. Media and Advertising Effects- Brian Young (Pg. 689).

. Chapter 20. Adolescents and Media Messages about Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs -
Dina Borzekowski & Victor Strasburger (Pg. 729).

Part 6: Media Policy & Interventions (Pg. 769).

Chapter 21. The Children's Television Act- Sandra Calvert (Pg. 771).

Chapter 22. Regulating the Media: Sexually-Explicit Content- Joah Iannotta (Pg. 819).

Chapter 23. Media-related Policies of Professional Health Organizations- Marie Evans, David Bickham, Amy Branner & Michael Rich (Pg. 857).

Chapter 24. The Ratings Systems for Media Products- Douglas Gentile (Pg. 899).

Chapter 25. Parent and School Interventions: Mediation and Media Literacy- Amy Nathanson & Jennifer Chakroff (Pg. 939).

About the Editors and Contributors (Pg. 983)
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Sandra L. Calvert, the Director of the Children's Digital Media Center, is a Professor of Psychology at Georgetown University. A fellow of the American Psychological Association, she has consulted for Nickelodeon Online, Sesame Workplace, Blue's Clues, and Sega of America, to influence the development of children's television programs, Internet software, and video games. She is author of Children's Journeys through the Information Age (1999), and co-editor of Children in the Digital Age: Influences of Electronic Media on Development (2002).

Barbara J. Wilson is a Professor and Head of the Department of Speech Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is co-author of Children, Adolescents, and the Media (2002) and three book volumes of the National Television Violence Study (1997-1998).
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  • 25 newly-commissioned essays bring new research to the forefront, especially on digital media, developmental research, and public policy debates
  • Includes helpful introductions to each section, a theoretical overview of the field, and a final chapter that offers a vision of future research
  • Contributors include key, international authorities in the field
See More
“This handbook provides readers a balanced approach in understanding the role of the media in the lives of children and adolescents.” (PsycCRITIQUES, April 2009)

"This handbook is a meticulously researched "tour-de-force" of the role media play in shaping child and family development. Through a multi-disciplinary analysis of the varied impacts the media are having on children's learning, social interactions and healthy development, the handbook offers an authoritative, balanced perspective, while identifying pressing issues to be addressed by policymakers. The handbook is a must read for those who wish to understand the rich and subtle ways media influence children's lives every day."
Michael Levine, PhD, Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop

"This book assembles the most accomplished researchers in the field and presents in-depth and theoretically driven analyses of the most important research advances, including novel theorizing on recent technological innovations in the media. Essential as a text or reference for students, scholars, and policymakers. Understandable to undergraduates, but with depth and accuracy that scholars will appreciate."
Joanne Cantor, Director, Center for Communication Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Calvert and Wilson have gathered together a collection of papers providing up-to-the-moment research on how children use and are influenced by various mass media, but also on the business models underlying the industry and an array of possible policies and interventions designed to protect children. Students, scholars, policy-makers and parents will all find this book an invaluable resource."
Donald F. Roberts, Thomas More Storke Professor Emeritus, Stanford University

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